Top 5 Snagging Issues
There’s no place like home – especially when you have recently moved into a new build. Although purchasing a new build property may lead you to believe that it’s immaculate, this is not always the case.
A snagging issue is defined as a broken, unfinished, or damaged component of your home. Flaws in new build properties are caused by poor construction workmanship or equipment. Ignite Property are here to help, so we’ve put together our top 5 snagging issues to look out for in your new build home.
1. Decorative Issues
Decorative issues are a regular item on a homeowner's snagging list. Low-grade plastering is one of the most common in new construction, however, these issues can range from a poor finish overall to the finer detail of a gap in the skirting board. Site managers frequently overlook them and the damage that results can detract from the aesthetics of your new build. You should feel at ease and be able to enjoy the beauty of your new home rather than thinking about a hastily applied paint job.
2. Leaking Pipes & Sealant Inconsistencies
Ill-fitted pipes and sealant inconsistencies are a hidden problem that can lead to severe decay in your home. These problems occur in the kitchen and bathroom, where a poor finish can allow water to infiltrate and create the perfect environment for mould. Booking a snagging survey with Ignite Property will spot this problem. However, watch for signs of low water pressure, cloudy water, and high-water bills, as these are all key indicators of this snag.
3. Incorrectly Installed or Forged Weep Vents
Water affects the structural serviceability of a property during periods of extreme weather. Weep vents are installed to allow water to drain out through the bottom of the wall and allow ventilating air to help dry the structure. However, forged weep vents or those installed incorrectly in accordance with National House Building Council (NHBC) standards put your new home at risk of several factors, including rotting and giving pests an entry point!
4. Defective Door and Window Installation
Poorly installed doors and windows are far more common than you might think. When both internal and external doors are installed, they are at risk of damage and defect, resulting in cold air penetration and a skyrocketing energy bill! Thermal imaging technology is the most effective method of detecting this problem. A thermal imaging survey can confirm if your home is well insulated, so to avoid a leak in your finances, schedule your thermal imaging survey with Ignite Property today.
5. Uneven Walls and Floors
Walls and floors should be built in accordance with NHBC standards to ensure the property's reliability. However, common snagging issues that cause uneven walls and floors include brickwork with too narrow mortar and potential construction damage caused by bad weather and poor craftsmanship.
Let us Help
If you’re worried your property has one or more of these top 5 snagging issues, get in touch to book an appointment with our professional and friendly team. At Ignite Property, we provide a full, detailed report and overview with accompanying pictures to put your mind at ease. For further information on your rights, take a look here. To learn more, contact us or schedule a snagging survey or thermal imaging survey with us today.